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Report: Temple could accept Big East invite Wednesday

Bernard Pierce, Josh Jackson AP

A week ago, the New York Times released a report saying that Temple was in talks with the Big East about joining the league “as early as next school year” to offset the departure of West Virginia to the Big 12 with a “resolution expected this month.”

If the following report from CSN Philadelphia comes to fruition, the Owls will have stretched the resolution date to the last possible day in February — tomorrow, Feb. 29. Leap day.

According to the report, Temple’s Board of Trustees will meet via conference call Wednesday to discuss the future of the school’s athletic program, and perhaps, accept an all-sports invitation from the Big East. The two sides have reportedly been conversing over the past several weeks with WVU’s departure on the line, so when Memphis received an invite to join the Big East earlier this month, Temple was apparently shocked.

But with the Big East needing immediate help in the 2012 schedule, it would be surprising if the Owls didn’t oblige.

It’ll cost, though. The school will have notify and pay exit fees for both the MAC, its football home, and Atlantic 10, where Temple plays all its other sports. That price tag could be hefty if Temple leaves right away. West Virginia had to pay the Big East $20 million to join the Big 12 this year.

“We’re not going to do it if it is a negative,” said the school’s BOT chairman, Patrick J. O’Connor. “If it is a net positive, we’ll do it. We’re not going to spend money to lose money.

“This is driven by the 2012 football schedule. Because of that, decisions have to be made. There are time considerations.”

Temple was given the boot from the Big East in 2004 because of poor records on the field and attendance. However, the football program has seen improved results over the past few years.

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5 Responses to “Report: Temple could accept Big East invite Wednesday”
  1. lbijake says: Feb 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    I guess Eastern Montana State turned the Big East down.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:02 PM

    Oh boy, the Big (L)east got another BIG program to go with those remaining losers. That will guarantee the conference will keep their AQ status…..NOT.

  3. edweird0 says: Feb 29, 2012 1:38 AM

    I wonder why they’re in such better standings now… Oh that’s right, cause of that Golden guy. I see bright things in store for Miami!

  4. fcmlefty1 says: Feb 29, 2012 12:04 PM

    Ah, I see thefeisty1 has made his, what, millionth anti-Big East post? And every time, he looses a bit more credibility by actually thinking there will be such thing as “AQ status” to worry about in the future.

    The Big East will never have to worry about their AQ status. It is either 1) Going away for everybody, making it obsolete (most likely outcome), or 2) the Big East has too much dirt on everybody else thats been involved in the process for the last 20 years, and all those other parties involved will in no way, shape or form do anything to risk having the Big East be a “jilted lover”, because that jilted lover could land them all in court/prison.

    And even if you don’t want to accept that, there is this: Nobody is taking the black eye that would be pulling AQ status from a conference that will be a host of one of the service academies.

  5. ironheadjr says: Feb 29, 2012 5:38 PM

    Thank god we’re leaving this horsesh*t conference after next year!!!

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